Tobi Soniyi in Abuja
Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello has invited James Faleke, who rejected to serve as his deputy to come and work with him for the development of Kogi State.
Addressing State House in Abuja after he met with President Muhammadu Buhari, Bello said he inherited Kogi in a state of mess.
He said: “I have extended olive branch to my opponents on several occasions and at this time, I am extending it again to my brother, Hon. James Faleke, to come and let us join hands together to lift Kogi State.
“The state was in a big mess as of the time we came on board. He should join hands with me to save the state from the claws of those who had held it down over the years.”
Faleke is laying claim to the governorship seat claiming that the election had been concluded before, the All Progressives Congress’ candidate, Abubakar Audu died.
Following the nomination of Bello to replace the late Audu, Faleke turned down his party’s invitation to him to run as deputy to Bello
Both the state election tribunal and the Court of Appeal had upheld his election. There are however indication that the those challenging his election will go to the Supreme Court.
He denied the existence of a face-off between the state’s House of Assembly and the executive.
According to him, there had never been any face-off between the executive and the legislature.
He said: “There has always been misunderstanding in every legislative house and Kogi State is not an exception. As of today, we have one united Kogi Assembly.”
Bello said he came to the State House to offer Friday prayers with the president.
He commended the judiciary for upholding his election.
He said: “I thank God for making this possible. The judgment is a confirmation of divine ruling by God. I thank the judiciary, I thank my party, I thank the people of Kogi State and indeed all Nigerians.”
He told the people of the state to expect development, prosperity and good governance.
He said: “Remember I am on a divine mission and I will do nothing less than to continue to develop the state and to curb corruption, waste and mismanagement and to put the state on developmental map.”